Cellulite • Natural home treatments

Cellulite is dimpling of the skin. It usually appears on women’s hips, thighs and buttocks. It is widely thought to be caused by subcutaneous fat deposits. Some believe it is a combination of fat, waste matter and water in the connective tissue.

Cellulite - 2 bottles of essential oils and flowers on a table

PREVALENCE

Mature women usually have some cellulite, whether or not they are fit and of normal weight.

TREATMENT

A dermatologist may recommend treatment to minimize the appearance of cellulite. Some accepted treatments are liposuction, acoustic wave therapy, laser treatment (like Cellulaze), subcision (Cellfina) and vacuum-assisted precise tissue release. Any of these treatments may give temporary results.

SELF TREATMENT

Others have found these suggestions helpful but they are offered to you for further research. There may be no studies that show efficacy for any home treatment; all reports are anecdotal.

DIET

A wholesome diet is the first step to a healthy body and glowing skin. It is theorized that cellulite may be caused by hormonal imbalances, fluid inbalances or lymphatic disorders. Maintaining a healthy weight will improve the appearance of your skin because extra weight makes cellulite more visible. If you need to lose weight, do it gradually. It is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Bone Broth
  • Gelatin
  • Lycopene-rich foods, like tomatoes or tomato paste, which may prevent the breakdown of collagen

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Excess sodium
  • Processed foods of any kind
  • Processed sugars
  • Smoking

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Asican Centella
  • Dandelion tea
  • Green tea
  • Horsetail
  • Parsley

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Flaxseed
  • Ginger
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Gotu Kola extract
  • Grape seed
  • Horse chestnut

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil like coconut ,or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath.

  • Bitter Orange
  • Carrot seed
  • Cedarwood
  • Celery seed
  • Cypress
  • Dandelion
  • Fennel
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper
  • Lemongrass
  • Patchouli
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Spearmint

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • Bromelain
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Lipase
  • Omega 3’s
  • Proteolytic enzymes

HYDRATION

Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. It helps to remove waste products. Without water, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ ounce to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

That exercise is beneficial is undisputed. In addition to improving overall health, having more muscle will make your skin firmer so that even if you still have cellulite, it will be less noticeable.   Exercise in fresh air whenever possible. If you are losing weight, do it gradually.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Relaxation helps to keep the tension in muscles down, which may help keep cellulite from forming.  Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow.  If you have trouble relaxing, see the Stress entry in the A-Z section for some ideas.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Apple Cider Vinegar, topically
  • Coffee scrub
  • Deep breathing
  • Dry-brush your skin to help improve circulation.
  • Endermology (mechanical massage)
  • Green clay and seaweed wrap
  • If you get constipated frequently, work on that.
  • Interval exercising
  • Kelp wraps
  • Myofascial massage
  • Sea salt bath (a couple cups in your bathwater)
  • Seaweed massage
  • Self-massage your problem areas.
  • Use natural products to moisturize your skin
  • Work with weights to tone muscles.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep
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